About Karen

Karen has been creating illustrations and painting murals for over 25 years as a published illustrator of children’s books, magazines, and a line of coloring and note cards. Her murals can be viewed around Bellingham, WA: outside back of Pepper Sisters, inside the restaurant EAT, plus the Mc Donald’s Play Places in Whatcom County to name a few, in addition to all the numerous residential murals in this area, Seattle and around the country.

She is inspired by the different elements of our environment such as form, texture, nature and color. The love of experimentation with different styles, mediums and subjects is an integral part of her work. For 12 years she painted murals in model homes for a developer in Seattle. Each new housing development had multiple homes built near the sales office, all with different themes and color schemes. It was in this environment that the love of various styles and ways to work was born and nurtured. She believes that it’s the variety in art and the different ways to “see” things that keeps her artistic fires going.

karen theusen working on painting in studio

I bid on a commissioned portrait at an auction as I had wanted a portrait of my dog for many years. I could not be happier with the result and now planning on contracting Karen to do more. What amazed me is how she totally captured the emotion in the eyes; so important. Needless to say, the finished product is just perfect. I found Karen very easy to work with and she is just a quality person. Thank you Karen from the bottom of my heart. Guido will live on our wall in infamy.

Therese Williams

painting of larrabee st park


Current & Upcoming Exhibitions

  • 2018 Bellewood Acres – Solo Show, September 16 – October 31, Lynden, Washington
  • 2018 Jansen Art Center – WAST Group Show, September-November, Lynden, Washington
  • 2018 Whatcom Artists Studio Tour – October 6, 7 & 13, 14, Bellingham, Washington, www.studiotour.net


  • 2018 Whatcom Art Museum – WAST Group Show, September, Bellingham, Washington
  • 2018 Fourth Corner Frames – Group Show featuring Pet Portraiture, “A Member of the Family”, show opens August 3rd 6pm-9pm, Bellingham, Washington during the Downtown Bellingham Artwalk
  • 2018 Davenport Cellars – Solo Show, May-August, Woodinville, Washington
  • 2017 Whatcom Artists Studio Tour – October 7, 8 & 14, 16, Bellingham, Washington
  • 2017 Whatcom Museum – WAST Group Show, August-September, Bellingham, Washington
  • 2017 Bellewood Acres – Solo Show, July & August, Lynden, Washington
  • 2017 Rockwood Realty – Solo Show, June – September, Lynden, Washington
  • 2016 Whatcom Artists Studio Tour – October 1, 2 & 8, 9, Bellingham, Washington
  • 2016 Jansen Art Center – Group Late Summer Show, August 4-30th, Lynden, Washington
  • 2015 Whatcom Artists Studio Tour – October 3, 4 & 10, 11, Bellingham, Washington
  • 2015 Jansen Art Center – Group show for Whatcom Artists Studio Tour, October, Lynden, Washington
  • 2015 Dakota Gallery – Group show for Whatcom Artists Studio Tour, October, Bellingham, Washington
  • 2015 Book Fare Cafe – Group show for Whatcom Artists Studio Tour, Bellingham, Washington
  • 2015 Bellewood Acres – Group show for Whatcom Artists Studio Tour, Lynden, Washington
  • 2014 Jansen Art Center – Group Summer Show, Lynden, Washington
  • 2013 Jansen Art Center – Group Summer Show, Lynden, Washington
  • 2011 Fate of the Forest – Group show at Whatcom Museum, Bellingham, Washington


  • BFA  Art Center College of Design, Pasadena, California
  • AAA  Art Institute of Design, Seattle, Washington
  • Project Management Certificate, Western Washington University, Bellingham, WA

Interested in a custom pet portrait or painting?